NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/3/15
NBA Player Updates 7/3: The Latest News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 3, 2015
It’s been a wild week in the NBA off-season, and we’re sure to see lots more free agency moves as we head into the weekend. That said, let’s check out some of the notable players and situations out there.
The NBA will look a lot different when Spurs veteran Tim Duncan is gone, but for now we don’t have to think about that scenario. Duncan announced yesterday that he’ll be back for his 19th season in 2015-16.
Though Duncan was a bit dismayed--and rightfully so--after his team was knocked out of the playoffs, there wasn’t a whole lot of doubt he’d be back, especially considering he’s been instrumental in free agency efforts thus far.
Duncan logged 13.9 PPG and 9.1 RPG last season, far under his career averages but still excellent considering his age and decreased minutes-load.
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Speaking of San Antonio, former Spur Aron Baynes signed with the Pistons yesterday, helping fill the space left by the departed Greg Monroe.
Baynes’ deal is for three years; he spent that exact amount of time in San Antonio. Last year, he averaged 6.6 PPG and 4.5 RPG.
It looks like SG Monta Ellis is now a Pacer. He agreed to a four-year contract with the Pacers yesterday worth $44 million. He’ll get an opt-out decision after year three.
Ellis posted a 18.9 PPG average in Dallas last year and was a pretty hot commodity on the open market. He’s also played with the Warriors and Bucks in his 10 professional seasons.
Robin Lopez has made a commitment to the Knicks, according to sources. He’ll join the team as long as DeAndre Jordan doesn’t.
Potential salary for Lopez is rumored to be in the $12-13 million range. He averaged 9.6 PPG for the Blazers last year.
Now let’s get to the aforementioned Greg Monroe deal. He’ll be in Milwaukee on a max-level contract, reportedly three years and $50 million.
Monroe was expected to go to the Knicks, but chose the Bucks in a fairly surprising move. He logged 15.9 PPG and 10.2 RPG in Detroit last year.
NBA Off-Season Schedule: Now that the season is over, we can spend the rest of our summer prepping for the 2015-16 campaign. Let’s check out a few key dates from the off-season period.
June 25: NBA Draft
July 1: Free Agency Period Begins
July 8: Moratorium Lifts
Early July: NBA Summer League
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